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Local congressmen, candidates weigh in on Brett Kavanaugh nomination

Brett Kavanaugh
Brett Kavanaugh

Several suburban members of Congress are applauding President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

The president’s choice to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy has been met with approval from suburban U.S. reps. such as Adam Kinzinger, Randy Hultgren and Peter Roskam.

“I look forward to swift Senate confirmation of this unassailable nominee to ensure the highest court in the land guards our Constitution as written by the Founding Fathers,” Hultgren said in a news release.

Both Roskam and Kinzinger referred to Kavanaugh as “highly qualified.”

“The appointment of Judge Kavanaugh is an excellent choice, and I urge my Senate colleagues to confirm him,” Roskam wrote.

Democratic congressional candidates Lauren Underwood, who is fighting for Hultgren’s 14th District seat, and Sean Casten, who is fighting for Roskam’s 6th District seat, however, fear what the potential appointment could mean for women’s rights.

“The Supreme Court is the last line of defense for the fundamental rights of all Americans,” Casten said in a statement. “We must make sure that those rights include access to affordable health care and a woman’s right to choose.”

In a Twitter post Tuesday, Underwood said Congress has a responsibility to protect “against biased judges who might gut our reproductive rights.”

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